Sineliso and Imange - Look what i can do!
Little Sineliso came to the centre as a tiny tot, still wearing towel nappies. He was shy, fearful and would cry at a drop of a hat.
Sineliso and his older sister Asonge, live with their grandmother in Riebeeck East. Their parents are working far from home in the city of Cape Town about a 1000km from our rural village The children see their parents once a year during Xmas-time. Their granny’s pension and the money their parents send home, must suffice in taking care of the household’s needs.
At first during circle time Sineliso would quietly sit and observe the other children and listen to their stories…the challenge to tell his own was just too scary. During our concert performance he needed constant adult presence. Singing songs in front of an audience was just too daunting and he would resort to tears. Whiles the other little ones were happily involved with activities of their choice, Sineliso would prefer the warm and snug embrace of his teacher’s arms…
Today, 2 years later….it is very hard to believe that Sineliso was once this very fearful and insecure, little child. He is a confident 4 year old who loves dressing up in his pink-punk wig and ball-room dresses, he shows a wonderful caring relationship towards his peers. During our last concert he was our solo performance artist! He performed so confidently and happily, his grandmother was in tears!
To find a better story-teller and music maker will be a very difficult task. He holds us all in the palm of his hand.
Little Sineliso’s potential has blossomed and there is no doubt that he will love learning and excel in school. His love for creativity, books and music will create an awareness that will guide him throughout his life path. He will be leaving us next year to attend the local Reception school and we feel very blessed to have had him with us and witnessed his enormous growth.
For each of our children we wish this blossoming of potential and with enough love, care and nurturing it is completely possible.
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A little boy who loves to be busy